I bring you greetings from the Board of Directors of the Virginia Children’s Engineering Council (VCEC)! For over 20 years, the VCEC, an organization sponsored by both the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Technology and Engineering Educators Association (VTEEA), has worked assiduously to help educators provide students with authentic opportunities so they can begin to think freely, critically, and cooperatively. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King, Jr. I believe this quote embodies what the Virginia Children’s Engineering Council (VCEC) wishes to accomplish. As I begin my tenure as President of the Virginia Children’s Engineering Council, I will diligently work to uphold the by-laws of the Council:
- Provide instructional experiences for students to create, design, work cooperatively, think critically, and problem solve within real-life contexts.
- Develop design and technology enhanced instructional material embedded with the Virginia Standards of Learning for elementary programs
- Offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators
- Foster leadership in the promotion of children’s engineering in elementary, secondary, and university programs.
We are already off to a phenomenal start for the 2017-18 year with the completion of our 2017 Children’s Engineering Convention held at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA February 9th – 10th. Educators across the state, as well as the country, converged upon Roanoke to participate in engaging sessions promoting design technology, demonstrations of how Children’s Engineering is the T and E in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, and providing resources on how to incorporate the technology design loop. Be on the lookout for additional professional development opportunities that will be provided throughout the year in the state’s seven regions. Visit http://childrensengineering.org/ for additional information.
As the VCEC embarks upon another exciting ride this year of promoting the “T” and “E” in STEM education across the state through children’s engineering, we invite you to climb aboard and consider becoming a member of this forward thinking organization and volunteer for one of our numerous committees and subcommittees. Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our Membership Chair – Kelly Davis (email@example.com) for additional information.
We look forward to continuing to serve the dedicated educators of the Commonwealth and beyond. If we can be of service to you or to your district, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Again, thank you for all you do promoting children’s engineering and serving the children of Virginia!
LaKesia D. Jolley-Washington